Scissorshands StarBlock Number: 102
“SCISSORHAND’S STAR” BLOCK #102 ON QUILT TRAIL
By Ginger Todd
On Friday, October 14, 2011 around 4:00 P.M. the McDowell Quilt Trail installed a first. “Scissorhand’s Star” is the first block to be viewable from both the inside of a building and from the outside as well. It is unique in that although the pattern of the quilt block is the same, the background color is different on each side.
The 3 X 3 foot Block, #102 on the Trail, is suspended from an inside window of the Nu Wave Hair Salon located in the WalMart Shopping Center on Highway 70 West, and is viewable from those passing by the business outside and by those clients inside. Nu Wave Hair Salon began in 1995 with the opening of the WalMart Center. Lynn Willis, in the skin and hair care business for more than twenty-seven years, decided to go out on her own and purchased Nu Wave Hair Salon in February 2011. Collectively her employees have more than 60 years experience.
Installing this block was a challenge to Mike Lucas, who chose the colors and painted the block, along with his assistant Jack Raker, both faithful volunteers of the McDowell Quilt Trail committee. This is the first double-sided painted block to be installed.
Lynn wanted her business to be a part of the community-wide quilt trail project, but certain restrictions of the Center’s owner would not allow her to put up an outside display. Her son came up with the nickname “Scissorhands” for her E-mail address, and after the creation of the design of the four pair of scissors creating a star, she decided on the name “Scissorhand’s Star.”
From either inside or outside, one must view carefully the pattern of scissors. Concentrate on the color of each scissor point and the handles of same, of a darker shade in the center of the block. The handles of each of the four pair of scissors intertwine in shades of blue, red and yellow with an encircling background shadow of brown.
The overall view is that of a star-like pattern, the darker, reversed background highlighting the scissors from inside Nu Wave and the lighter from the entrance to the business. Each of the four corners of the block has opposing colors in an arc, emphasizing the pointed sharp ends of the scissors. Take some time to look at this block from both outside and inside and see the magic of putting your mind to imagination and view the four pair of scissors!